BHECN Welcomes New Executive
Committee Member
Sara E. Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC
Sara E. Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC, Assistant Professor at Creighton University College of Nursing has joined BHECN's Executive Committee.

As an assistant professor at Creighton University College of Nursing, Sara Banzhaf is interested in networking with professionals across the state to address the psychiatric-mental health needs of individuals to enhance knowledge, understanding, and an awareness of the unique needs and opportunities to support this population. 
 
“The shortage of psychiatric-mental health professionals in the state of Nebraska is critical. It is imperative that we help address the need for providers using an innovative, and inter-profession approach - one that inspires dialogue and builds relationships and partnerships to drive quality outcomes." Sara Banzhaf commented.

Welcome Aboard!

Silver U Awarded to Laura Holly
Congratulations!
Nominated by their peers, Silver U recipients are recognized
for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Laura Holly joined BHECN as an intern while studying at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she graduated with a bachelor's in public health, and a bachelor's in neuroscience in 2016. She became a full-time member of the BHECN team in October 2017.

Laura is skilled in matching student trainees with internship programs supported by grants and BHECN funding. She also helps to coordinate the Project ECHO webinar series, scheduling and hosting the monthly calls. Most recently, Laura has been working on projects for the new Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) grant and assists with coordination of webinars, events and training programs. Laura's attention to details and willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done are part of why she is being recognized for the Silver U Award.

The Silver U Award is given annually to approximately 72 employees whose overall performance is above and beyond the scope of their position. Awardees receive a Silver U pin, a clothing item with the Silver U logo, and an invitation to the Silver U luncheon with Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Special Training Opportunity
MHTTC Photo
Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Creating the Medical Home
Join us and learn what MHTTC can do for your existing or future practice!

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
COST: $30 per registrant
CEUs available & lunch is provided

For more information, call (402) 836-9143 or email MidAmerica@MHTTCnetwork.org
Nebraska Panhandle News
"Dr. Cate" established Western Nebraska Behavioral Health in her hometown of Rushville, Nebraska. (Photo by Becca Costello, NET News)
BHECN Panhandle's Dr Cate was interviewed by by Becca Costello, NET News for the ongoing series.
BHECN Panhandle Representatives Attend NARMH conference
in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine, co-director of the new BHECN Panhandle, and members of her team at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health (WNBH) presented at NARMH. 

WNBH staff included Dr. Cate, Shanna Rosentrater, Dr. Lauren Coffey, Michael Steube and two doctoral interns, Phillip Suess and Kayla Singleton, who attended as part of the WNBH team.
Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine, co-director of the new BHECN Panhandle, and members of her team at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health (WNBH) presented at NARMH. 

WNBH staff included Dr. Cate, Shanna Rosentrater, Dr. Lauren Coffey, Michael Steube and two doctoral interns, Phillip Suess and Kayla Singleton, who attended as part of the WNBH team.
National Association of
Rural Mental Health Conference 2019
By Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine

BHECN was well-represented at the recent National Association of Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, held August 26 – 29. NARMH is a yearly conference bringing together rural providers and researchers from around the world to focus on important issues related to rural mental health service provision.
 
Dr. Tina Chasek and Dr. Bill Baerentzen conducted a NARMH pre-conference session sponsored by the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) on August 26 th focusing on Supervision. 

Dr. Joseph Evans (along with Dennis Mohatt, Rachelle Espiritu and Liza Tupa) presented a plenary panel introducing the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center on August 28 th

BHECN presentations continued throughout the conference, with Dr. Chasek and Dr. Brent Khan presenting on Building the Rural Addiction Counseling Workforce, and Dr. Chasek and Dr. Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway conducting a session on Implementing SBIRT in Rural Clinics. On the final day of the conference, Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine, co-director of the new BHECN Panhandle, and members of her team Shanna Rosentrater, Dr. Lauren Coffey, and Michael Steube, presented on a sti gma reduction curriculum that they implemented during the 2018-2019 school year within the Gordon-Rushville School System. The curriculum works to address stigma and misconception about mental illness and increase the likelihood young people will reach out for assistance when needed.   
BHECN Video Spotlight
Watch the BHECN Spotlight with Tara Wilson, Assistant Professor at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.
Sharing Inspiration & Inspirational Ideas


Congratulations to
Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway
for her promotion to
Associate Professor!

Mid-America MHTTC marks their
One-Year Anniversary!
John Keenan in the UNMC Public Relations department recently wrote an article about the five-year Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) grant, highlighting the work being done by BHECN.

The $3,725,000 grant from SAMHSA is focused on providing training and technical assistance to behavioral health providers in the "MINK states": Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kan sas. Lead by Joe Evans, Ph.D. and Brandy Clarke Ph.D. the MHTTC staff has accomplished a lot in the first year.

  • 700+ attendees at MHTTC events
  • 700+ surveys completed (means more than 700 people completed 3 hours of training)
  • Training materials developed
  • Joined and established learning communities
  • Partnered with local, regional and national leaders
  • provided consultation to state and regional mental health authroties


MMI impacting behavioral health programs in schools
by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 16, 2019
BHECN Awards Programs Across Nebraska
Ambassador Career Engagement Award Recipients Announced
BHECN has selected six programs for 2019-2020 to receive BHECN’s Ambassador Career Engagement Awards. Launched in June of 2017, the awards give funding to local community groups who offer introductory programming to educate Nebraska students, primarily in rural or under-served communities, about behavioral health professions.
Training Opportunities
Learn more and register for Project ECHO calls .
Upcoming Project ECHO Calls
October

Thursday, October 3
(Register by September 29)
Presenter Dr. Kenneth Zoucha

Thursday, October 17
(Register by October 13)
Presenter Dr. Todd Stull
BHECN Updates
Reminder...We've Moved!
984242 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4242
The BHECN offices are now physically located at 4470 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE. However, our mailing address, phone numbers, email addresses, and other contact information remain the same.
Click on the map to download and print instructions on how to find us and where to pa rk. If you have questions please let us know!
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BHECN's Mission
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon”, was established in 2009 by a legislative bill to address the shortage of behavioral health professionals in rural and underserved areas of the state. It is a unique partnership among the state legislature, academic institutions, and community partners
to create a statewide workforce solution to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals.

View our video to learn more about our mission, programs and initiatives.
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